January 20 - The first official basketball game is played

On this day in 1892, both sports and Canadian history were made. Dr. James Naismith, also known as the Canadian who invented the game of basketball, put his soon to be revolutionizing idea in the practice as the first ever basketball game was played at the YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts. The game was played with nine players and ended 1-0. The first ever basket was knocked down from 25 ft on court that was about half the size of today's current NBA standards. Needless to say, the game has evolved quite a bit in its 100+ year history!

Today, basketball is one of the biggest sports in North America. Athletes such as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, and Lebron James, just to a name a few, have used basketball to become not only superstar athletes, but worldwide celebrities as well.

There have been several variations of basketball of the last 100 years including street ball, handball, wheelchair basketball, and the high flying and short lived "Slamball".




3 comments:

Karl said...

It's great to know how basketball started. Without him, we wouldn't have something that we can enjoy as our past time.


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June Flores said...

Thank you so much.

Mike J. Cantero said...

Learn and ace the game's basics.Before you can play the game of basketball you must learn the basics or essentials -how to play the game,how to pass,to dribble,run the court and shoot the ball.You need to build up the vital skills to play at a worthy level.
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